Maya BuenaventuraResearch Manager, Los Angeles


Maya Buenaventura is a Research Manager with the California Policy Lab.  Prior to joining CPL, she was a Los Angeles County Management Fellow with the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs.  In that role, she designed and implemented programs to address complex public policy matters such as decriminalization of street vending and developing alternatives to payday, auto title, and other high-cost loans.

Prior to working for Los Angeles County, Maya was a PhD candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an Assistant Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation.  Maya’s work at RAND consisted primarily of evaluations of interventions targeting individuals in the criminal-justice system, individuals experiencing homelessness, low-income families, and other vulnerable populations.  Before her time at RAND, Maya worked as a commercial litigator at a large international law firm and volunteered as a pro bono attorney for numerous organizations, representing immigrants, victims of trafficking, and victims of domestic abuse.

Maya holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law, and a B.A. in economics from Oglethorpe University.

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